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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                           APRIL/MAY 2013

 

REAL (ESTATE) TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED ….CATASTROPHES

 

London’s Evening Standard…’A day in the Life of A real Estate Agent’. The story teller droned on about how he had a new boy in the office, a boy with no face and no personality, except a keen appetite to succeed in sales. The story teller continued to mention phone calls and a drive in the afternoon to view sales boards, to weigh up local competition…..all very boring.

Now here’s a story about real estate… My family has a bible in the guise of real estate theory according to a UK rule book. Anyone working in our office has to have read this but I have my own ideas; my own philosophy is that most people are hoping to buy a life style and we have to try to present the fantasy, so that the more we know about our clients, the easier it is to achieve this goal.

One Saturday a few weeks ago and I have two highly creative sensitive types in my car heading towards the south of the island. The conversation is pattering well and I am fully engaged in learning about their interesting lives when a cat darts out from the right at a determined speed. Previous experience has taught me that these cats will often change their minds and return to their station but this one had no such plan. I hesitated and tried to stop but it hesitated too so I continued but veered to the left hoping to avoid it. Unfortunately it headed directly towards my tyres and I felt and heard a dull thud. “Don’t look back!’I assertively barked to my clients, determined to protect them from the image of an acutely injured creature. In my mirror I saw it writhe and make its way to the road side. ‘Heartless bitch!”I am sure many of you are thinking but let me tell you this: I have attended an acutely injured cat (post an oblivious driver) in the past and there is NO WAY that they want humans near them. Their defense mechanisms are on full alert; claws full out, hissing and spitting, very scary. “Cats have nine lives”, the kind client informed me but I wasn’t reassured by this and I felt slightly sick.

I was asked to view a house in the north of the island, an elegant property from the outside. Charming and close to the sea. The front door opened and the stench hit me before the image of numerous cats peeping out from beneath furniture, skulking behind doors; some malevolent, others proud but mostly indifferent. Cat poo everywhere, ammonia rife; up my nose and at the back of my throat. My camera swung redundantly around my neck. I could neither describe nor capture the inner beauty of this property as I couldn’t see it. “Call me when you’ve cleaned it” I instructed the owner and then I can think about marketing it. I haven’t received a call.

The north again and I am viewing a property, a beautiful one that has been uninhabited for some time. The smell of death, of rotting flesh grabs my senses and lures me into the garden. A dead cat, stiff and putrid, maggots feasting on festering flesh.  Not missed or possibly very missed but whereabouts unknown. “You’ll have to get rid of this if you want to sell” I advise the non -resident owner. I suppress the desire to gag and hand her a business card.” It wasn’t here yesterday”, she fibbed.(Nai kala!)

None of the above attempts to provide a fantasy life style but this is real life and we as agents have to assess and endure, advise and instruct before starting the journey towards an alternative, dream lifestyle. This is not mentioned as such in the manual but it makes much more interesting reading than the banality of ‘A day in the life of A London Estate Agent’

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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